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Telstar 14 / Estrela do Sul 1

Telstar 14 / Estrela do Sul 1 [SSL]

Estrela do Sul (Telstar 14) is a communications satellite operated by Loral Skynet do Brazil, which offers its customers coverage throughout Latin America with connectivity into North America.

The high-powered SSL-1300 series satellite carries 36 active Ku-band transponders, with two spot beams, providing a dedicated Ku-band solution for the Brazilian marketplace. Estrela do Sul is was launched in early 2004 on a Zenit-3SL (2) (originally planned to be launched on a Delta-4M+(4,2)). 

Estrela do Sul 1 failed to deploy one of the solar panels. It remains unclear, if the panels can finaly be deployed, but the satellite entered service with reduced capacity (17 transponders) with the jammed panel.

Nation: Brazil
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Loral Skynet do Brazil → Telesat
Contractors: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Equipment: 41 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: SSL-1300
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 4694 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Estrela do Sul 1 (Telstar 14) 2004-001A 11.01.2004 SL Zenit-3SL (1)


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